It was a bittersweet evening for the 2019 graduates of Pictou Academy last week as they bid their school farewell and became ready to start the next chapter of their life.
The weather may not have been sunny and bright but the mood of the graduates was cheery none the less. This year, the graduates and award winners earned $306,550 in scholarships and prizes. They include
Town of Pictou Gold Medal — Erica Cherry
Silver Medalist — Spencer Suirane-Chapman
Queen Elizabeth II Medal — Erica Cherry
Governor General Medal — Oscar Mulati
Tupper Gold Medal — Kaelan Daley
Ian Wisener Memorial Trophy (Athletics, Leadership and Scholarship) — Jenna Reid
PAEF Awards :
Scammell Bursaries (two at $12,000 to attend university) — Erica Cherry and Kari Waller
Scammell Bursaries (two at $3,000 to attend university) — Ross MacLeod and Megan MacCarthy
MacDonald Bursaries (two at $1,300) — Ethan Hill and Bianca Bourgeois
Chester and Barb Roach Memorial Scholarships ($2,000 renewable for up to three years): Patrick Minehan
Ethel A. Harris Scholarship: Erica Cherry
Maude Sutherland Bursary: Kaelan Daley
Kevin Gillis Memorial Award: Eric Fraser
David George Johnson Memorial Award: Spencer Suirane Chapman
Miss Mary MacKay: Erica Cherry
Donald Blenkhorn Bursary: Jenna Reid
Patterson Bursary: Spencer Suirane Chapman
Gordon Bursary: Oscar Mulati
Frank I. Huelin Scholarship: Oscar Mulati
Claude J.W. Kedy Award: Kari Waller
William H. Harris Bursary: Riley Redmond
McLure Bursary: Jenna Reid
Robert and Catherine Ross Memorial Bursary: Oscar Mulati
Rev. A.A. Smith Scholarship: Ethan Hill
W.T. Ferguson Bursary: Kaelan Daley
MacKenzie Bursary: Kaelan Daley
C.B. Robinson Prize: Kaelan Daley
Crerar MacDonald Bursary: Oscar Mulati
Dr. Mary MacKenzie Smith Scholarship: Emily McCallum and Erica Cherry
Fisher Bursaries: Kaelan Daley and Oscar Mulati
Heighton Memorial Bursary: Kaelan Daley
E.M. MacDonald Award: Spencer Suirane Chapman
Clarence Wong Memorial Bursary: Oscar Mulati
Mary Osmond Memorial Bursary: Carly Smith
Robert Kennedy Memorial Bursary: Kaelan Daley
Purves Loagie Bursary: Spencer Suirane Chapman
The Wyatt MacPhail Memorial Bursary: Oscar Mulati
The Stephen Russell Memorial Prize: Oscar Mulati
PA 200 Bursary: Spencer Suirane Chapman
PAEF Achievement Awards: Riley Richard, Jason Wilson, Sebastian Davis and Kirkland Mansour.
Edna Sproull Williams Awards for Subjects:
Highest Standing Girl in English 12: Kaelan Daley. Highest Physics 12: Oscar Mulati. Highest Standing Boy in HGS 12: Oscar Mulati. Highest in Math 12: Spencer Suirane Chapman. Highest in GGS 12: Kenzie Ells and Damien Oulton. Highest Calculus 12: Oscar Mulati. Highest Health & Human Services 12: Biancia Bourgeois. Second Highest in Biology 12: Patrick Minehan. Second Highest in French 12: Emily McCallum. Second Highest in Math 12: Kari Waller. Second Highest in PreCalculus Math 12: Kaelan Daley. Second Highest in Chemistry 12: Oscar Mulati. Second Highest in Physics 12: Erica Cherry. Second Highest in Calculus 12: Erica Cherry. Second Highest Health & Human Services 12: Carly Smith.
Community Organization Prizes:
New Caledonia Lodge #11 — Freemasons Bursaries: Emily McCallum and Spencer Suirane Chapman. Shiretown Dental Bursaries: Erica Cherry and Ethan Hill. The Rotary Club of Pictou Award: Biancia Bourgeois. Pictou Academy Alumni Staff Bursary: Mackenzie Ells. MacIntosh, MacDonnell and MacDonald Scholarship: Jenna Reid. Canadian Legion Branch 16 Scholarship: Dylan Rafuse. Monarchist League of Canada-Northumberland Branch: Damien Oulton. Grant Thornton Accountants Prize: Kari Waller. Pictou Lions Club Centennial Awards: Kari Waller and Dylan Rafuse. Caribou Womens Institute Award: Ross MacLeod. Princess Rebekah Lodge #4 Award: Charlotte Musick. Nova Scotia Teachers Union Bursary: Erica Cherry. Donald P MacInnis Bursary: Jenna Reid. Grohmann Knives Ltd Award: Eric Fraser. Sutherland Harris Memorial Hospital Foundation Health and Wellness Scholarships: Erica Cherry, Kaelan Daley, Ethan Hill, Kyra Langille and Ross MacLeod. United Commercial Travellers Pictonian Council #879 Bursary: Biancia Bourgeois. No More Westrays Bursary: Justin Mansour Gillis. Pictou Garden Club Prize: Emily MacCallum. Grohmann, Sachs and Babinec Family Bursary: Emily MacCallum. Murphy-Ryan Bursary: Damien Oulton. Pictou County Heart & Stroke Foundation Bursary: Kaelan Daley. CUPW Local 099: Justin Mansour Gillis and Oscar Mulati. United Church Pictou Jean Dickson Bursary: Kari Waller, Ethan Hill and Charlotte Musick. United Church Pictou Dodson Family Bursary: Ross MacLeod. Gladys and Clarence Porter Memorial Bursary: Biancia Bourgeois. Pictou West Liberal Association: Ryan Dunbrack. The New Glasgow Kinette Bursary: Jenna Reid. Eastern Star Lodge Bursary: Megan MacCarthy. The New Glasgow Police Union Local 103: Jenna Reid. Mahar Memorial Scholarship: Dylan Rafuse. The Aberdeen Local Nova Scotia Nursing Union Bursary: Ross MacLeod. Porter Memorial Bursary: Erica Cherry. Municipality of Pictou County: Patrick Minehan. Ceilidh Honda Bursary: Kyra Langille. King Freight Lines Bursary: Owen Baird
Ross MacLeod — Nova Scotia Teachers Union $400.
Oscar Mulati — Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy — $10,000 over four years.
Erica Cherry — Dalhousie University $17,500 over four years.
Jenna Reid — Wofford College — $200,000 over four years.
From left, Pictou Mayor Jim Ryan, Spencer Suirane Chapman, Oscar Mulati, Principal Blair MacDonald, Erica Cherry, Kaelan Daley, Pictou West MLA Karla MacFarlane and Jenna Reid. (Brimicombe photo)
Pictou Academy Grads 2019
Kari Waller Jason Wilson